Intestinal failure refers to a condition in which inadequate digestion and/or absorption of nutrients leads to malnutrition and/or dehydration. Enteral access is occasionally used in patients with intestinal failure either for the purpose of providing nutrition or decompressing the gut. As a consequence, it is important that clinicians caring for these highly complex patients be knowledgeable in enteral access options and experienced in the subsequent care of these tubes. In this review, enteral access options and the potential complications associated with their use will be reviewed. Importantly, this information is relevant to both the pediatric and adult patient with intestinal failure.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of clinical gastroenterology|
|State||Published - Aug 1 2007|
- Enteral access
- Intestinal failure
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